Coyote and Rodeo have traveled the country in an old school bus for five years, trying to move forward and put the past, an accident that took the lives of Coyote’s two sisters and mother, behind them. But when Coyote learns that a park in their former home town is being dug up, she has to get her dad (Rodeo) to take her home, something he has always refused to do. Coyote, her mom and sisters buried a special box of memories in that park that she desperately needs to retrieve. How can she get Rodeo to travel across the country without telling him the reason – in just a few days? Coyote, just like the animal from which she adopted her name, is a sly one and has a few tricks up her sleeve. Fortunately, the caring people they meet along the way want to help her out. Spoiler alert: Have tissues ready for the last 50 pages!
School has just ended for Camino Rios and she is waiting for her father to arrive on his annual summer visit. With her mother having passed away when she was eight, she and Tia Solana, her aunt, look forward to his summer visits to the Dominican Republic. Camino is anxious to talk with him about his plans to take her to the US for college.
Yahaira Rios has just said good-bye to her father who makes annual visits to the Dominican Republic for business and to see family. She and Mami (her mother) spend summers alone in their New York City apartment. While Mami works, Yahaira spends time with best friend Dre.
When a plane goes down shortly after take-off killing everyone on board, Mr. Rios’ secret is revealed.
As the only deaf student in her middle school, Iris feels like a fish out of water. Her only friend at school is her deaf interpreter. As a result, she often explodes and lands in the principal’s office. At home she finds solace in repairing old radios, a strange hobby for someone who can’t hear. When her science teacher introduces the class to the story of Blue 55, a whale who seems to be a loner because “his song” is at a frequency different from other whales, Iris feels a connection and comes up with the idea to create a song for Blue 55 at his frequency. But how will she get her song played where Blue 55 can hear it? And will it make a difference? Students who loved Wonder, Fish in a Tree and Counting by 7’s will be attracted to Iris’ story.
Most novels about the Holocaust deal with before and during WWII. Hesse’s novel is about the aftermath for one Polish survivor, Zofia Lederman, who is being released after several months in a hospital where she was taken after being liberated from Gross-Rosen concentration camp. She wants to return home to Sosnowiec, Poland, hoping to find her younger brother, Abek, there. When Abek is not at home, a confused Zofia sets out for a displaced persons camp being run by the allies in Germany, hoping to find her brother, the only member of her family she believes has survived. While her brother is not at Foehrenwald, Zofia does make some friends who help her in her search. One day, Abek shows up at the camp. Zofia can hardly believe her good fortune. But through twists and turns, it turns out that Zofia may not be so lucky after all.
Siblings Bird, Fitch and Cash are seventh graders in January 1986. Each has their quirks in this dysfunctional family: Bird (Bernadette) is quiet, smart and dreams of becoming an astronaut. Fitch, her twin, has a temper problem and loves arcade games. (Remember, this is before Xbox and cell phones.) Cash, a year older and NOT interested in school, has failed seventh grade and is on track to fail again. When science teacher, Ms. Salonga, arranges her classes into space shuttle crews to prepare for the launch of the Challenger, Bird participates whole heartedly. She even writes an essay to “win” a place in the auditorium to watch the launch of the Challenger live on TV. But when disaster happens, Bird is devastated and ready to give up on her dreams.
Need a fun, light read? This one is for you. Briggs Henry, recent high school graduate, has taken a job helping “Mrs. B.” with odd repair jobs around her gorgeous Victorian home on the shores of Lake Michigan. Oddly enough, Briggs and his parents used to spend their summers in their own cottage and on their boat in South Haven, MI, until something happened to the family fortune, so he is familiar with the area. Briggs, trying to live up to his father’s expectations, is a definite people pleaser. He carts Mrs. B to doctor appointments (nothing is really wrong with her) and the paint store (trying to find just the right shade of blue.) When he realizes Mrs. B doesn’t know the people whose funerals he takes her to, he begins to understand she is “shopping around” for her own funeral plans. A little bit of romance with the girl next door, who keeps disappearing, and plenty of humor between Mrs. B. and Briggs round out this perfect summer read.
What can Jocelyn do to save her family’s restaurant business and avoid returning to New York City? She has finally made some friends in Utica, NY, hopes to be accepted into the university’s high school business program on scholarship, and can’t stand the thought of giving up on the Wu family’s A-Plus Chinese Garden restaurant. Jocelyn knows she needs to come up with a plan and advertises for marketing help.
Will Domenici, needing a summer internship and proof that he has what it takes to be the school newspaper editor, answers the ad with plans to bring the restaurant into the social media world of the 21st century. While business begins to pick up through Will’s efforts, the two teens find themselves attracted to each other. But Mr. Wu’s stipulations, along with Jocelyn’s moods and Will’s panic attacks threaten to keep the budding romance cool. When the teens discover the lease on the restaurant building may not be renewed, their determination to succeed, despite their issues, is thrown into overdrive.
K2 is the second tallest mountain on earth at 28,250 ft. While not quite as tall as the more famous Mt. Everest, K2 is a more dangerous climb. In 1938, mountaineer and medical student, Charlie Houston, led an expedition up the mountain looking for a route to the summit. They came close. In 1939 another attempt was made by a team led by Fritz Wiessner. This expedition turned tragic before reaching the summit. Then in 1953, fifteen years after his first expedition, Houston led another team, determined to reach the summit, all without the help of oxygen tanks that are used in these expeditions today.
This book reads like an adventure novel, but it’s all true. Describing in detail the efforts of the climbing team and native Sherpas and porters to carry several tons of equipment and supplies up the mountain, establishing various camps along the route, will have your heart pounding. As the men push their bodies to the limit at high altitudes, you will find yourself gasping for breath. Short on supplies, breathlessness, injuries, falls, frostbite, 80 mph winds and blizzards will have you shouting at them – TURN BACK!!!
First in a series, this book probably doesn’t need much introduction since it has been made into a movie that aired on Netflix. But just in case… Lara Jean, the middle of three sisters, has had some crushes - five, to be exact. She wrote love letters to all five, pouring out her heart, but never mailed them. When the letters mysteriously get mailed, suddenly Lara Jean’s life gets complicated, especially with neighbor Josh, her sister Margot’s boyfriend, and Peter, the popular jock. This is a fun, romantic comedy that will leave you wanting to read the remaining two novels in the series.